Published Mar 10, 2016As confirmed earlier this year, Ohio garage pop greats Guided By Voices are back again. In addition to Robert Pollard having put together a new lineup for some tour dates, he's also due to drop a new record from the long-running indie project. Their Please Be Honest arrives April 22 through GBV Inc.
News of the next Guided By Voices record arrived today (March 10) through MOJO, who premiered a new, tape-warbled anthem called "My Zodiac Companion." Pollard described the track as "heavy drama written for the glam rock stage," and likened it to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
You'll find the single streaming below.
Details on the rest of Please Be Honest's tracklisting have yet to be revealed, but it's explained that the record has Pollard performing all of its instruments.
UPDATE (3/11 4:00 p.m.): A tracklisting for Please Be Honest has now been revealed, and it can be found below.
As for the live band, Pollard confirmed through his website that he's being backed up by on-again-off-again Guided By Voices drummer Kevin March, as well as new recruits Nick Mitchell (guitar), Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar) and Mark Shue (bass). Their upcoming tour schedule, which includes an appearance at Sled Island this June, can be found below.
Please Be Honest is the first collection of new Guided By Voices material since Pollard broke the band up in 2014. That version of the band was last represented on 2014's Cool Planet.
Pollard, of course, has been prolific as ever since that split, and released a solo album titled Of Course You Are just last week.
Please Be Honest:
1. My Zodiac Companion
2. Kid On A Ladder
3. Come On Mr. Christian
4. The Grasshopper Eater
5. Glittering Parliaments
6. The Caterpillar Workforce
7. Sad Baby Eyes
8. The Quickers Arrive
9. Hotel X (Big Soap)
10. I Think A Telescope
11. Please Be Honest
12. Nightmare Jamboree
13. Unfinished Business
14. Defeatist's Lament
15. Eye Shop Heaven
04/26 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
04/27 St Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04/29 Lincoln, NE - Vega
04/30 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
05/02 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
05/03 Champaign, IL - The Accord
06/25 Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival